Atlantis View villa owes its name to the stunning view of the five-star Atlantis hotel on Palm Island in Dubai. A sprawling glass-fronted property set on the beach, a restrained colour palette rules the roost, providing the perfect backdrop to the stunning paintings that adorn the walls. Archimedia was responsible for the smart tech at the heart of the home, but first a word on the interiors.
Inside the elegant living room, the arrangement is a lesson in simplicity – sleek, clean lined sofas paired with modern updates on the traditional winged armchair. Clearly a space dedicated to the art of conversation, the only visible concession to technology is an iPad resting on the large, low-slung coffee table, used to control the lighting and music.
Slouching takes place in the TV room upstairs. Centre stage is a large screen, set flush to the timber-clad wall. The neutral colourscheme continues from downstairs, but is pepped up by a pop of gentle colour introduced via accent cushions and a pair of footstools. The U-shaped sofa works particularly well here. A less formal space than the living room, it is ideal for lounging around after guests have gone home.
However, the jewel in the crown is the home cinema, which works a sophisticated look thanks to large, leather-upholstered armchairs and the softest of carpets underfoot. For a touch of old-fashioned glamour, wall lamps light the room, supported by low-level LEDs.
Let’s talk tech
As one would expect of a house of this calibre, the owner requested a fully integrated system that would not impact on his carefully considered interior design. Selecting a Savant system integrated with Lutron lighting, Archimedia sourced a series of products that could easily be concealed. Think in-wall speakers with paintable grills and plastered in speakers.
“We paid attention to maximising audio quality throughout the building,” recalls Archimedia. “Therefore, plaster over the speakers had a maximum 1.5mm plaster skim, optimum-size back boxes were used on all in-ceiling speakers and cabinetry with integrated speakers were filled with high density foam to minimise resonances.”
Security and socialising
Although security was top of the client’s priority list, again, it had to be discrete. Consequently, cameras the size of golf balls were installed throughout the house.
An outdoor entertainment system was another must-have. Taking movie nights to the next level, a large, pop-up screen was housed in a custom-built metal box. The screen serves a very practical purpose too. It is designed to display the picture from a PTZ high power zoom CCTV camera positioned on the roof. What’s more, the user can control this camera from any touch screen and view it on any house display.
Other essentials were ease of use, reliability and high performance for the AV systems. Thus, Archimedia spent lots of time at the design stage to ensure that the end result met the expectations of both the client and the interior designer, who has since become a repeat customer.
Challenges, triumphs and going forwards
A challenge was that the client wanted reliable Wi-Fi when on the beach with family and friends. Archimedia achieved this with a Ruckus wireless network comprising a combination of indoor and outdoor access points configured to create a network for the family, and another for guests.
To help the family going forwards, a ihiji monitoring system has been installed at no cost to enable Archimedia to proactively service the system in its first year of operation. Further to which, they will offer the client an ongoing maintenance agreement.